Tyson Fury, being treated for depression and having tested positive for cocaine in two random drug tests last month, vacated his heavyweight world title belts on Wednesday night.
Fury, who has admitted that he has been heavily using cocaine and drinking in recent months, said he vacated the belts to focus on his treatment.
Fury scored a massive upset last November when he outpointed longtime world champion Wladimir Klitschko to win the title.
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Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who admitted this week to “lots of” cocaine use, has been notified of a second failed VADA-conducted urine test, again for cocaine.
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But he seemed unable to handle the pressures that came with the sudden spotlight.
He pulled out of a July rematch claiming an ankle injury, but he later said the real reason was because he had stopped training as he used drugs. Then an Oct. 29 date was also scrapped because he was having mental health issues and still drinking and using drugs.
“I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when I defeated the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko,” Fury said in a statement.
“I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles and wish the next-in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.”